Last updated: 12 Dec 2016 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 125
Analyst: Kylie Wansink
This valuable report on the mobile broadband sector in the Middle East provides information on trends and developments in this mostly progressive region which relies heavily on mobile communications. A number of recent investments in infrastructure have seen 4G LTE services flourish in many markets. This report provides key information and statistics on the mobile broadband sector for the Middle East. Included in the report are the following countries: Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Researcher:- Kylie Wansink
Current publication date:- December 2016 (2nd Edition)
For those countries of the Middle East which have reached mobile saturation; we are beginning to see positive signs that mobile broadband revenues are beginning to grow. In Bahrain, for example, revenues from mobile broadband are continuously rising and now contribute over 35% to total broadband revenues – compared to only 7% in 2010. Mobile data and mobile broadband also present the next significant revenue growth opportunity for the mobile operators in Iran. Revenue from mobile data is quickly edging towards a 40% market share in Turkey, while mobile voice revenue is clearly in decline.
Many countries have invested heavily in improving mobile broadband infrastructure, including 4G LTE deployment. The operators in Israel, for example, have focused on expanding network coverage and increasing download speeds through LTE.
In 2016 in Lebanon, both Touch and Alfa are planning upgrading and expanding their 4G networks. Iran is also upgrading to TD-LTE as well as moving towards LTE-A.
Mobile broadband has also become a feasible proposition in Oman and a viable alternative to fixed broadband following substantial investments in HSPA and LTE technology.
Etisalat and du in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have both deployed sophisticated HSPA+ and LTE networks which cover a large proportion of the country. Both operators are also demonstrating a key interest in 5G developments. Development of 4G in Jordan is well underway and growing strongly with an estimated penetration of around 11-14% in 2016.
Kuwait has one of the most vibrant and well established mobile sectors in the Middle East and the large operators are now moving towards offering more value-added services as well as technology and network upgrades. In the past year or so, Zain Kuwait has launched M2M services for corporate customers as well as VoLTE services. Zain Kuwait also recently conducted successful tests of 4.5G technology in conjunction with Huawei.
Qatar has increasingly become a progressive market for telecoms and is also a leader in the Middle East. In 2016 the country has a vast array of networks and services on offer including 4G, VoLTE, LTE-A, M2M and fibre-based technologies. It is also looking towards a future based on 5G.
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